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PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Wigan Athletic

Find out all the details about tonight's game in our match preview

8 August 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC vs Wigan Athletic

Find out all the details about tonight's game in our match preview

8 August 2023

Wrexham AFC are back in action tonight, as the focus switches to the Carabao Cup against League One outfit Wigan Athletic.

The fixture, which will broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, will be the first time the Club has been part of the competition since 2008.

Latics fell to their fate at the end of the previous campaign, suffering relegation and finishing bottom of the table.

Similarly to last season, financial implications off the field saw them fated with a deducted points total once again.

The cup clash will see the Red Dragons face off against the Latics for the first time since 2002, which ended in a 3-0 Wrexham victory.

At the weekend, Wrexham succumbed to a 3-5 defeat on the opening day against MK Dons, in what was a clinical, attacking display from the visitors.

Neither summer signings, Will Boyle nor James McClean featured in the fixture, and Billy Waters stepped into the starting lineup to replace the injured Paul Mullin.

Despite conceding two goals inside the first ten minutes, Wrexham still managed to threaten in the final third, with smart finishes from Jacob Mendy, Jordan Davies and Anthony Forde.

It was too little to late in the end, but speaking after the game, Phil Parkinson added it was a reminder for the whole squad.

He said: “Sometimes you need a day like this, like a reality check to re-assess things and we will do that. I'm really looking forward to getting back on Monday.”

 

EYE ON THE OPPOSITION

For the visitors, they got off to a dream start at the weekend, with a 2-1 victory over Derby County.

Lead talisman Charlie Wyke proved to be the difference, bagging a double with goals coming in either half at Pride Park.

The victory cuts their points deficit to -5, and Shaun Maloney’s side will be hoping to build on that performance when they visit North Wales this evening.

With nine substitutions able to be named, there will be plenty of opportunity for the Latics to make use of their squad.

One player they will be without is midfielder James McClean, who signed for the Red Dragons on a permanent deal on Friday, until the end of the season.

They also named Josh Magennis as their new First Team Captain, along with Callum Lang as his Vice.

After their fixture at the weekend, Shaun Maloney was delighted by his side’s performance to secure victory at Pride Park.

He said: “We had real heart and desire to not concede, and I loved a lot of today.”

“In the second half, they were good and came at us, and we had to suffer. I’m delighted, that’s what Charlie Wyke brings, and we saw a proper team there in the end.”

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Venue

Pld

Won

Drn

Lst

For

Agst

+/-

Home

   13          

3

5

5

20

20

0

Away

   11

2

2

6

11 

23

-12

Total

   24

5

8

11

31

43

-12

 

Biggest home win – 5-1 (LDV Vans Trophy 1) – 16 Oct 2001, 4-0 (FA Cup 2) – 11 Dec 1971 
Biggest away win – 3-2 (Div 2, 3rd tier) – 20 Oct 2001, 1-0 (Div 2, 3rd tier) – 29 Apr 2000 
Worst home defeat – 0-3 (Lge Cup 1st rd, 1st leg) – 28 Aug 1984
Worst away defeat – 0-5 (Lge Cup 1st rd, 2nd leg) – 29 Aug 1989

 

HOW TO WATCH

Supporters watching overseas can also tune in to watch Tuesday’s game. The match, which kicks off at 8pm (BST) will be broadcast on ESPN+ in the USA and DAZN in Canada.

Can’t watch on Tuesday? We’ll have live audio commentary on WrexhamPlayer on the club website and you can buy a pass now.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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